Project facts

Duration: 2014-02-01 - 2017-01-31
Project coordinator: Belgian Building Research Institute
Project consortium: Belgian Building Research Institute (Belgium) Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca (Italy) Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy) C.R.S.A med-ingegneria S.r.l (Italy) Special Restoration Ltd. of Pambianco (Italy) DIASEN (Italy) Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Funding bodies: JPI CH
Subject areas: Built Heritage, Climate Change, Methods - Procedures, Monitoring, Monuments - Sites
Budget: 596,194.00€


  • This project's main aims were to come to a scientifically based evaluation of the effectiveness of different methods against rising damp and to a defined decision support tool for a conscious choice and successful use of these methods in the practice of conservation.
  • These aims have been achieved by sharing the knowledge until now diffused over the EU, and by acquiring new knowledge through the application of selected methods in case-study.
  • The co-operations between research institutes, conservation authorities, and SMEs have guaranteed easy access to documentation on case studies, independent and scientifically based evaluation of interventions and successful dissemination of results.

Impacts & Results

  • The project has established a European-wide overview of existing methods, including the compatibility with, and effectiveness on historic buildings.
  • The project has defined a common procedure and criteria for the evaluation of interventions against rising damp based on the experience of the partners.
  • The project has established a European Union broad overview of the effectiveness of existing methods elaborated on the existing experience and the knowledge acquired by the investigation of case studies.
  • The project has developed a decision support tool on the feasibility and the risks of existing methods, helping actors involved in conservation to arrive at a conscious choice and successful application of these methods in the practice.
  • The project has built up a European network of experts with state of the art knowledge in this field.


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